In Delhi the petrol price which was Rs. 70.44 would hereafter be Rs. 71.28, whereas the price in Chennai has increased from Rs. 73.60 to Rs. 74.49 and the price of petrol in Mumbai has risen to Rs. 78.61 from Rs. 77.73. Citizens of Kolkata would be shelling out more at Rs. 78.64, a rise of 88 paise.

Petrol price was today hiked by 70 paisa per litre, the fifth increase in rates in two months, and diesel by 50 paisa per litre on firming international oil prices.

The increase in rates, which will be effective midnight tonight, are excluding local sales tax or VAT. The actual hike will be higher and will vary from city to city.

Petrol price in Delhi will go up by 84 paisa to Rs. 71.28 per litre while it will cost Rs. 78.61 per litre in Mumbai as against Rs. 77.73 currently.

Fifth instance

This is the fifth increase in rates since June and in all petrol prices have gone up by Rs. 6.82 per litre. Oil firms had on June 1 raised prices by 75 paise, excluding VAT, and followed it with a Rs. 2 per litre increase on June 16, a Rs. 1.82 increase on June 29, and Rs. 1.55 hike on July 15.

In a parallel move, they also hiked diesel rates by 50 paisa, excluding VAT, in line with the January decision of the government allowing them freedom to raise prices in small doses every month to wipe out mounting losses.

Diesel price in Delhi has been hiked by 56 paise to Rs. 51.40 per litre while it will cost Rs. 58.23 in Mumbai from Thursday as compared to Rs. 57.61 currently.

Wednesday’s hike is the seventh since the January 17 and all losses on diesel sales should have been wiped off by now to make the fuel market priced. But the fall in rupee, 12 per cent since April, has worsened the situation and oil firms are losing Rs. 9.29 per litre despite prices being raised by a cumulative Rs. 3.75 this year.

Alongside, oil firms also raised rates of non-subsidised domestic cooking gas (LPG) that households buy after exhausting their quota of 9 subsidised or cheaper cylinder.

Price in Delhi was hiked by Rs. 43 per 14.2-kg cylinder to Rs. 875.

Announcing the price hikes, Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the nation’s largest fuel retailer, said it will end the fiscal with a revenue loss of Rs. 1,28,500 crore on sale of diesel, domestic cooking gas (LPG) and kerosene.

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